of the united states drinking iced tea and chomping on nicorette. ah. >> did you offer him a cigarette? >> i did not. i did not. he -- nor did he ask for one. >> by that time i quit smoking but, you know, i was making sure he had an ashtray, you know, you know, he had a sip of wine so i'm feeling fairly optimistic. >> reporter: as days go by a blizzard of paper between two, counternumbers and looks close, a combination of tax cuts and government programs and tax increases. a magic formula. so what happens? well, 12 days before the deadline, the president makes a phone call to boehner asking for still more revenue, $400 billion. was it a question or was it a demand? it blows the deal sky high and in the end, it comes down to he said/he said. >> i want to be very emphatic here, at no point did i say, john, take it or leave it. >> his position is he was not saying, i have to have it, he was saying, i want you to consider it. >> no, no, no, no. hold on. no, no, no, no, no. i need $400 billion more revenue. i need. >> reporter: boehner is livid and worried about the fractious rebels in the tea party.